It was a great week in PE class. I was out Monday with all of our 5th grades as we traveled to the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy for a field trip! Students rotated through four different stations for 30 minutes each. They did some basketball activities in the gym, a fitness obstacle course relay and a sport skill relay in the field house, and had a health/nutrition presentation in the theater.
We had 3 main learning activities that our lessons included this week. The first one was this individual balance activity. Students got a chance to explore a bunch of different ways to balance their bodies and used a sheet to show me which ones they could do and which ones they are still working on. I took pictures of the kids' holding up their completed sheets which provided some good feedback both for me and them.
Another activity we used this week was Balance Bingo. Here students worked with a partner to perform a balance with a certain number of body parts touching the mat. The would draw cards from the middle circle (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) and then perform a balance for 5 seconds with the corresponding number of body parts in contact with the mat. They had a bingo card to keep track of all the different balances they did in an attempt to score 5 numbers in a row and earn a BINGO!
Finally, we ended the week with 6 gymnastics-related stations that we rotated through. Students were in groups of 3-4 and had about 3 1/2 minutes at each station.
Due to the half day of school on Friday, we only saw kindergarten once this week. Since we had all the mats out and have been working on some basic tumbling and balance activities, I extended students' activity experience with a Cosmic Kids Yoga video that incorporated all sorts of balances/poses for students to try. They loved the Minecraft theme of this particular one! You can check out all the great yoga videos designed with fun themes and stories and try a few at home! www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
It was a week of gymnastics fun as students rolled, tumbled, stunted, and balanced in a variety of activities during classes this week...
DAY 1 - We worked on a variety of ways to travel across the mat. Our first PowerPoint was full of animated GIFs that demonstrated various animals walks/travels that students attempted to imitate. The second slideshow was comprised of animated GIFs showing different rolls and a cartwheel. Students were in small groups of 3-4 at a mat taking turns practicing the different moves shown up on the projector. GIFs featured some of my #PhysEd friends Jason Denk @mrdenkpeclass and Derrick Biehl @MrBiehlsPE and some I made from YouTube clips. Feel free to use them it you'd like!
DAY 2 - started off with a warm-up activity using dice to determine the different skills for the students to try. This resource was created by Randy Spring @MrSpringPE You can click to access these great Animated GIF PowerPoints and more by clicking on the pictures below!
We then moved into a cooperative, group balance activity using an iPad app called "Balance It" by The PE Geek, Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo Students scrolled through dozens of sample balances and then attempted to re-create them with people in their group. They also came up with lots of their own balance creations! They took pictures of their balances and then air dropped the pictures that they liked to my iPad. I had my iPad mirrored to the big screen TV using my Apple TV device so the class could see all the cool balances each group came up with. I plan on sharing all the pictures with parents on @ClassDojo over the next couple days.
DAY 1 - students warmed up with "Overs Unders & Flip Flops" and then we moved into the "Animal Walks" slideshow which got students traveling across their mats in a variety of ways that promoted supporting their weight while they moved.
DAY 2 - Students practiced a variety of rolls across their mats using the "Rolls & Cartwheel" slideshow. The students then took a self-assessment where they rated themselves on their perceived skill level on the different things we worked on this week. Students used the @Plickers response system to share their answers with me.
Yes...we managed to get 45 kindergartners experiencing the joy of movement through some simple gymnastics skills as they worked on taking turns, sharing their mat space, and staying safe as they traveled in various ways from one end of their mat to the other.
So great to have the students back in the gym! This week we picked up where we left off by finishing up our long-handled striking unit using floor hockey sticks. All grades participated in a variety of activities utilizing equipment suited for their developmental level.
Our older students participated in 2 days of small sided floor hockey games. They used skills previously taught to play for 5 minute rounds with a random group of players. Every 5 minutes we start a new game with a new team. Below is a video of what that looks like in our classes. The students have really adapted well to the random group maker tool on the Class Dojo app too! Leveraging the technology has really helped maximize activity time and cut down on transitional times during class.
Grades 1 & 2
Our younger students worked on stick handling and puck control on day one with an activity called Floor Hockey Frenzy. Students worked on moving a yard ball across the gym with their hockey stick by keeping it close and under control. They had to navigate their way across the gym being careful to not knock over any bowling pins that were spread out on the floor as obstacles. When they made it across, they got to take a silicone bracelet/wristband out of bucket and put it on their wrist. They then turned around and headed back across the gym to the side they started on. Each time they made it across, they got to take a wristband/bracelet. If they accidentally knocked a pin down with their ball, stick or body, they had to give a bracelet/wristband to me. Our final lesson included some small sided game play with groups of 3-4 to a team. We also did a quick cognitive assessment with the kids to check for their level of understanding by using our @plickers magnets to give their responses to the questions by rotating their magnet to the desired answer and sticking to the magnetic whiteboard. I scan the responses with my phone and BOOM...assessment done! CLICK HERE for link to the floor hockey assessment questions.
Our Kinders also got to experiment with manipulating a foam hockey stick and yarn ball across the gym. They played the Floor Hockey Frenzy activity (just like grades 1 & 2) and did a terrific job. Students got to count up all the wristbands/bracelets they collected and sort out all the different colors too. On Friday, we started class by getting all of the students' shoe sizes in preparation for our roller skating unit coming up at the end of January. Then we played an activity called 6 Goal Hockey. I included a video of each class playing Floor Hockey Frenzy on Class Dojo. Be sure to check it out! Not connected on Class Dojo? Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was our culminating week of bowling activities in PE. Students got to participate in a full-lane, 10-pin experience with iPad scoring! Students have been doing a great job establishing and following a bowling rotation based on the number of players in their group.
The app that we used was called "My Bowling Scorecard" and it was simple enough to navigate with first graders. They simply type their names in and then tap the number of pins that fall down...it's that easy.
Our kindergartners did a couple of rolling/bowling activities this week too. Our first activity was a large group game that focused on rolling the ball at single pins with the ability to guard your team's pins. Our second lesson this week, both Coach T and I were gone at the State PE Conference and the substitute played Partner Pin Pickup to reinforce the rolling/bowling skill and practice taking turns and sharing equipment with a partner.
We kicked off some bowling activities this week in PE. To get students used to the rotation of positions, we started with Blackout Bowling using 1 shot from the bowler at 6 pins and then crossing out the number of pins knocked down on the scorecard until the entire card was "blacked out". Our second lesson jumped to using all ten pins and 2 shots by the bowler. Instead of keeping score, students earned cash for the total amount of pins they knocked down - we called this game "Bowling for Dollars"
Grades 1 & 2
This week continued to focus on the underhand rolling skill and stepping with the opposite foot when bowling. Students got to use the carpeted bowling lanes this week and learned how to rotate between the positions of score keeper, bowler, pin setter, and ball returner through two different activities: Blackout Bowling and Bingo Bowling.
Since we only had a half day on Friday, Kindergarten only had one day of PE class this week. To go along with the bowling theme, students participated in an activity called Partner Pin Pickup. I took a short video of each class and posted them on Class Dojo for parents. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo yet, you're missing out! Contact me, and I'll set you up! email@example.com
This week we built upon our individual jump rope skills with some long rope skills. Students got to practice taking turns turning the rope and jumping in groups of 3 after our warm-up activities. Several tips we shared for being a good turner and a successful jumper. Some groups even progressed to a variety of long rope tricks like turning around (180/360), touching the floor, adding multiple jumpers, and entering/exiting a moving rope.
Below were our two warm up activities:
Grades 1 & 2
Our first and second graders began some underhand rolling/bowling activities this week. Students got multiple practice attempts this week as they rolled balls at pins in a couple different activities: Aerobic Bowling & Bowling with the Champs. Next week we will have the carpeted bowling lanes here and we'll be doing more rolling activities in preparation for some full lane bowling.
We missed class on Wednesday due to the Halloween parties & parade, but we still managed to squeeze in a little holiday fun. We started off with a quick warm up doing a Popsicle Stick run. And did a fun trick or treat tagging activity.
This week our intermediate students worked on individual jump rope skills. We really focused on learning several basic jumps and trying to build up our stamina in consecutive jumps and length of time. We warmed up with this Super 7 jump rope video that gets students practicing 7 different skills for about a minute each. After warm-ups, students got a chance to participate in a variety of "free choice" jump rope stations (as seen below).
Grades 1 & 2
The focus this week with 1st & 2nd grade was striking. We warmed up with a 5 stick Popsicle stick run. Then, we used our hands and other body parts to keep a balloon up in the air with the PhysEd School video below.
Our second day got kids moving with dice in Around the World warm up before we transitioned into striking balloons with foam paddles. Some classes progressed to using pool noodles to keep their balloons up in the air!
Our part time teacher, Mr. Teti-Teal or "Coach T" as the kids refer to him, planned the lessons this week. Day 1 focused on working with a partner and tossing underhand at hoop. Day 2 focused on some endurance movement as kids traveled around the gym while the music was on and when the music stopped, they went to one of the four corners. Next we had a spinning wheel with the 4 numbers on it. We gave it a spin and if it landed on the corner that you happened to be standing at, you won! Students went to the middle circle and took a wristband and game play continued. Students enjoyed moving countless times around the gym and stopping occasionally to rest and see if they won a wristband. We traded our wristbands in at the end for a partner and a balloon and practiced hitting the balloon back and forth with a friend for the last 5-7 minutes of class.
4th & 5th Grades
Our 4th & 5th graders had one lesson this week working on passing for accuracy using an activity called "Soccer with the Champs." The second day, students go to participate in a small-sided lead-up soccer activity called "4-Corner Soccer." This game utilized a variety of soccer skills in a game situation.
Our third graders began this week working on passing for accuracy and trapping with "Soccer with the Champs" and then lots of foot dribbling keeping the ball close and under control with "ABC Soccer" and "Soccer Minefield."
1st & 2nd Grades
Our focus this week was on controlling the ball and keeping it close while dribbling with our feet. We used a variety of activities designed to get students exploring dribbling the ball with all different parts of the foot.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to work with scooters again on Wednesday. We connected the scooters and took turns working in cooperative groups riding and pushing our partners around the gym. Friday was another "free choice" station day where students got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of activity stations. They did a great job being self-directed learners and staying on task throughout the class. They shared equipment and space and did a great job being safe. Ask them which stations they participated at today!
Our fifth graders were gone this week at Camp Timber Lee, Wisconsin for Outdoor Education! Having gone a couple times with other 5th grade classes in the past, I know they come away with some awesome experiences! Be sure to talk with your student about all the different types of activities they did while they were there and what they enjoyed most. I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.
Grades 3 & 4
This week students were introduced the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers. These devices measure how active each student is during class by collecting data on the number of steps taken, the amount of activity time accrued AND the amount of MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) time they earn. After a brief overview, students participated in an activity called "Uno Fitness" - where they performed a variety of exercises or laps based on the cards they were dealt.
The second day of PE, students got on their pedometers and got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of "Free Choice" stations. We uploaded our pedometers at the end of class and looked at the data to see how "active" our choices were.
Grades 1 & 2
Our first & second graders were introduced to the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers this week. We learned how to take our "kid code" number from the pedometer pockets and secure it to our waist. We also learned how to place our pedometers into the data readers to upload them to the computer. Finally, we discussed what the different buttons & screens are for and how to use them. Our first activity was to get the kids moving around the gym at different speeds to see how fast they had to travel to get their MVPA timer to begin running. They are set at 110 steps per minute, so students experimented and learned how fast that is for them. Ideally, our goal is to get 10+ minutes of MVPA time during our 30 minute class. Our second day activity included a variety of "free choice" stations designed to help students determine which type of activities are more active than others.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to explore some different ways to travel on scooter boards for our first day of PE this week. We worked on traveling by sitting down, kneeling, and laying on our bellies. We used our "pushing" muscles and our "pulling" muscles to help us move. We also traveled in a variety of directions including forward, backward, sideways and in a circle or spiral.
Our second day consisted of some "free choice" stations where students chose what they wanted to do and how long they wanted to do it. This self-directed activity got students interacting with each other, sharing equipment, taking turns and exploring a variety of ways to be active! I posted videos of each class in action on Class Dojo. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo and would like to, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will shoot you out an invite to connect!
Check out what our students have been learning this week in PE...
Our week was a bit disrupted with music rehearsals for 4th grade and then no classes on Friday due to the Grandparent's Day program, so most classes only had PE once this week, two classes I saw twice, and one 4th grade class I didn't see at all. However, the classes I did get to see were great, as students participated in underhand & overhand throwing activities that allowed me a chance to assess their throwing technique.
This is the Grade Level Outcome we were working on this week in 3rd grade. We used these 2 activities to help develop our skills.
Our students continued practicing their catching skills this week. Last week we used scarves and bean bags, this week we used a variety of items such as stuffed animals, rubber critters, yarn balls, Super 90 Gatorskin balls, whiffle balls & scoops, and even some 7" dia. playground balls!
We only got to see Kindergarten once this week due to the half day on Friday, but students had fun working with dice to determine "greater than, less than, or equal" numbers and then winning a stuffed beanie baby animal for their team if they rolled the larger number. The activity is called "Roll with It" and was created by a Georgia Teacher of the Year, JD Hughes. Check out his website at www.pe2themax.com for tons of great content. Below is a video from last year playing it in class. I posted videos of this year's kindergarten students on Class Dojo, so be sure to check it out. Not connected to Class Dojo yet? Contact me and I'll set you up! email@example.com